Our second Quorn review, this time for the chicken-style chunks. After finally getting hold of these, we were keen to try them out, so we set to making both a stir-fry and a thai curry. The meat-free pieces can be used in anything you might use chicken chunks.
Our photos are all in artificial light and may have a colour cast. The Quorn looks better in reality!
The chunks come frozen and require cooking directly from frozen. There are a couple of generous servings in a bag, that could easily stretch to serve 3 or 4 depending on the recipe.
The one thing we find odd is that the pieces must be cooked 'in a sauce' for 20 minutes. This does make them less versatile, especially if you're not making a sauce.
Once cooked the pieces do look a whole lot like pieces of chicken, although they're quite small. Probably a good size for chicken and mushroom pie, but we didn't have the energy or pastry skills for that!
The texture is very meaty with strands of mycoprotein. The pieces are quite soft when cooked in stock though, which gives them less bite, which isn't ideal.
The pieces have very little flavour, with just a little mushroomy background flavour. This isn't great if you want to highlight the chunks in a stir-fry, unless you can really pack in the flavour from elsewhere. For our review we went easy on the seasoning so we could taste the Quorn, but you should aim to add plenty yourself.
For the next dish we aimed to make a thai curry. This presented the difficulty of following the Quorn instructions (simmer for 20 minutes) or the sauce instructions (just 5 minutes required). We ended up simmering the chunks in a mix of coconut milk with curry paste for 20 minutes. This isn't ideal as the coconut milk separated after so long.
The Quorn pieces worked better in the curry than in the stir-fry as they had more bite, and the sauce gave them plenty of flavour. We can imagine that these chunks could prove useful if you've recently turned vegan and want to adapt an old recipe that uses chicken.
After being wowed by the chicken-style burgers, the meat-free pieces had a lot to live up to. They're good, and certainly as good as other alternatives on the market, but they don't have the wow factor. We particularly want to stress that the cooking instructions are not ideal, and being able to defrost and just warm these through would be preferable to the requirement to simmer for 20 minutes in a sauce.
You can find Quorn Vegan Pieces in Waitrose and Asda, or you can buy online from Ocado.
Veganoo Score: ★★★☆☆
Quorn - Vegan Pieces
Quorn - Vegan Pieces
The Good: Tender meaty texture
The Not-so-Good: A little bland. Must be cooked in sauce
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